Feb 22, 2013 1:00pm PST
benedict xvi is resigning. cnn's brian todd is here in "the situation room" with more. so what happens in the interim. he resigns before a new pope is elected? >> that's right. the game of who's in charge and who's next is in full swing. the vatican is being opaque right now but we do know of some key players to watch. it's palace intrigue in overdrive with benedict xvi leaving, who will take over the vatican until a new pope is elected? an administrator that deals with fi n fi nans, portrayed as an evil master power broker. in real life, the title is held by a powerful position of secretary of state who in the vatican is like a prime minister. experts say don't get the idea that bertoni is the face of a legend. >> he's not the best organizer? >> no. the joke in rome is he couldn't organize a one-man band. >> michael shawn winters says bertoni was damaged in the scandal when mismanaged and corruption was leaked. despite his current status, he has no shot of becoming pope. analysts say he's also a bitter rival of the head of cardinals who elects the new pope. >> are we looking a
Feb 21, 2013 8:00pm PST
i would hope that they would, starting with the holy father. pope benedict xvi would tell the cardinals and tell the bishops, talk, open up, let it all be known. >> reporter: connell agrees with victims here in milwaukee who says the archdiocese has taken an especially hard line to keep abuse victims secret and to protect its money. attorney jeff anderson represents hundreds of clergy abuse victims from around the country. >> the archdiocese in milwaukee has been particularly deceitful, because they've been insulated for so long, they felt and believed they could get away with it. >> reporter: for decades, wisconsin's state law prevented most victims of sexual abuse from filing lawsuits, which protected the church. when that changed, critics say the archdiocese prepared for upcoming lawsuits by moving its money. church financial records show $55 million buried here, in a cemetery trust fund. the church says the money was paid by people who bought burial plots, expecting perpetual maintenance at eight archdiocese cemeteries. marquette university law professor, ralph says if any
Feb 22, 2013 12:00am PST
health problems than pope benedict, but i don't -- i'm not in a position to criticize. i don't know what his status of health is. >> but if an american president retired on the grounds of exhaustion, they would be ridiculed, wouldn't it? >> i think it wasn't just exhaustion, but he wasn't able to handle the mental challenges to handle his job. it's up to him to make a decision. not been done much in the past. >> a lot of people when i said i was interviewing you. >> yes. >> said to me, as long as last time, said he's the greatest post president america has ever had. is that compliment or a veiled insult? >> i take it as a compliment. my wife would take it maybe as a veiled insult. we did a lot of good things when we brought peace to egypt. we formed an alliance with china after 35 years, we told the truth, we kept our country at peace for four years, which is a rare thing. >> incredibly rare. >> i think we -- peace and human rights. >> has the role of president changed dramatically do you think? >> yes, it has. >> when you look at the challenges facing president obama, what do you think?
Feb 22, 2013 11:00am PST
, danica. the daytona 500 starts sunday 1:00 eastern time. >>> all right, the end of benedict xvi's reign as pope will also mean the end of his twitter feed. vatican radio says the pope's twitter account will be closed at 8:00 rome time february 28th. that's benedict's last day in office. in the two and a half months the pope has been on twitter he has attracted more than 2 million followers. >>> and oscar pistorius broke down in tears today, sobbing and shaking as the imagines straight spent two hours recapping the murder case against him. then the magistrate granted him bail. >> that reaching out in the affidavit in the way that he did, placing it before the court, together with the fact that none of the factors that need to be established have been established. i come to the conclusion that the accused has made a case to be released on bail. >> yes! >> the man known as blade runner shown leaving the court today with his family. pistorius' troubles are far from over. his next court date is june 4th, and his trial may not start until the end of the year. cnn's robyn curnow joins us